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The Getty Alchemy Collection

Materials from the Research Library, Getty Research Institute located in Los Angeles, CA.

The Getty Alchemy Collection includes books from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries dealing with the art and science of alchemy. Its core is formed by the Manly Palmer Hall collection, acquired in 1995 from the estate of the Los Angeles theosophist, who founded the Philosophical Research Society in Los Feliz. Originally acquired for its contribution to the history of visual symbolism, alchemy is now also recognized as the key to the history of materiality in the arts.

In addition to their influential allegorical and fantastic imagery, Alchemical texts record recipes and techniques for applications across the visual arts, including pigments, dyes, metal-alloys, and effects in glass, as well as the acidic washes of etching and lithography. Alchemy, called “the great art” in Medieval Europe, also speaks to essential ideas about human creativity and the relationship between Art and Nature which have infused the history of art from antiquity to the present day.


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Illustrated with woodcuts on separate leaves, and in the text
Topics: Chemistry, Alchemy, Metals
Medicina diastatica originally published in Latin (Jena, 1629)
Topics: Medicine, Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric
At head of title: D.O.M.A
Topics: Guibert, Nicolas, ca. 1547-ca. 1620, Scheunemann, Henning, Alchemy
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by Paracelsus, 1493-1541; Huser, Johann, fl. 1589
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Huser's ed. first published in Latin, 1589-1591. Zetzners' 1st ed. appeared in 1605. Cf. Sudhoff
Topics: Surgery, Medicine
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by Berthelot, M. (Marcellin), 1827-1907
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Includes bibliographical references and index
Topic: Alchemy
Each pt. has special t.p
Topics: Mysticism, Theology, Christian life
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by Croll, Oswald, ca. 1560-1609; Pinnell, Henry; Paracelsus, 1493-1541
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Signatures: A a B-O P 2A-2D 2E (Leaves A3,5 signed A2,4)
Topics: Paracelsus, 1493-1541, Philosophy, Medieval, Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric
First ed. See Hogart
Topics: Precious stones, Precious stones
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Leaves printed on both sides. Verso of leaf lxiiii is blank
Topic: Alchemy
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Title vignettes, initials, head-pieces
Topic: Alchemy
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First published 1669 under title: Actorum laboratorii chymici monacensis. Published 1703 under title: Physica subterranea
Topics: Phlogiston, Alchemy
Eugenius Philalethes is the pseudonym of Thomas Vaughan
Topics: Occultism, Alchemy
Each pt. has special t.p
Topics: Mysticism, Theology, Christian life
"Commentatio de pharmaco catholico ..." (2nd and 3rd sequences of pagination) by Monte-Snyder; cf. Yale, Alchemy
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Vol. 3-4 have publisher: Printed for G. Robinson in Pater-noster Row
Topics: Mysticism, Theology
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by Böhme, Jakob, 1575-1624; Gichtel, Johann Georg, 1638-1710; Walther, Balthasar, 1586-1640
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Each pt. has special t.p., as do the 8 Büchlein comprising pt. IX
Topics: Mysticism, Theology
The 2nd ed., the 1st having appeared the preceding year. See Hogart
Topics: Pharmacy, Therapeutics, Signatures (Medicine)
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by Helmont, Jean Baptiste van, 1577-1644; Charleton, Walter, 1619-1707
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The largest of the 3 treatises, that on wounds, is a translation of De magnetica vulnerum naturali et legitima curatione, originally published in Paris, 1621. See Hogart
Topics: Medicine, Wounds and injuries, Wine and wine making, Theological anthropology
Errata: p. [10] at end
Topics: Chemistry, Alchemy
Signatures: * A-Y Z
Topics: Medicine, Abnormalities, Human, Alchemy
Printer's name from colophon
Topics: Alchemy, Medicine
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Vol. 3-4 have publisher: Printed for G. Robinson in Pater-noster Row
Topics: Mysticism, Theology
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Pages 26-27, 30-31, 34-35, 37-39 incorrectly numbered 12, 9, 8, 21, 20, 17, 27, 16, 25, respectively
Topic: Alchemy
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by Böhme, Jakob, 1575-1624; Gichtel, Johann Georg, 1638-1710; Walther, Balthasar, 1586-1640
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Each pt. has special t.p., as do the 8 Büchlein comprising pt. IX
Topics: Mysticism, Theology
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by Richardus, Anglicus, d. 1252; Braccesco, Giovanni, 16th cent; Johannes, de Rupescissa, ca. 1300-ca. 1365; Bacon, Roger, 1214?-1294; Monte, Giovanni Battista da, 1498-1551; Arnaldus, de Villanova, d. 1311; Albertus, Magnus, Saint, 1193?-1280; Aristotle; Avicenna, 980-1037; Gratarolo, Guglielmo, 1516?-1568?; Augurelli, Giovanni Aurelio, ca. 1456-1524?; Jabir ibn Hayyan; Llull, Ramon, 1232?-1316; Tauladanus, Robertus; Khalid ibn Yazid al-Umawi, 7th cent
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Titles to dedications and preface contain the editor's name, Gulielmus Gratarolus
Topic: Alchemy
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by Schmieder, Karl Christoph
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Includes bibliographies and index
Topics: Alchemy, Alchemy
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Dedication signed: Ioh. Valentinus Andreae (p. [9], 1st sequence of pagination)
Topic: Christian life
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by Böhme, Jakob, 1575-1624; Gichtel, Johann Georg, 1638-1710; Walther, Balthasar, 1586-1640
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Each pt. has special t.p., as do the 8 Büchlein comprising pt. IX
Topics: Mysticism, Theology
T.p. with engraved border, signed: Balth. Schro. f. Engraved port. of author, p. [12] (1st sequence). T.p.'s for "days" 2-6, into which the work is divided, have engraved vignettes
Topics: Science, Natural history
Second ed. First ed. published by Bauche, 1758; cf. Hogart
Topics: Alchemy, Mythology, Greek, Mythology, Egyptian, Trojans
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by Schleiss, Bernhard Joseph, 1731-1800
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Authorship attributed to B. Schleiss; see Hogart
Topic: Rosicrucians
At head of title: D.O.M.A
Topics: Fama fraternitatis, Confessio fraternitatis, Rosicrucians, Occultism
Second ed. First ed. published by Bauche, 1758; cf. Hogart
Topics: Alchemy, Mythology, Greek, Mythology, Egyptian, Trojans
Errata, p. 124
Topic: Alchemy
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Signatures: A B-I K
Topic: Rosicrucians
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by Andreä, Johann Valentin, 1586-1654
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Printer's device on t.p.; headpieces, initials
Topics: Utopias, Utopias
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"Ad illvstrissimvm ac potentissimum principem Ferdinandum Roman. regem semper augustum atque archiducem Austriae conscripta. Anno 1536."
Topics: Prophecies (Occultism), Paracelsus, 1493-1541, Prophecies (Occultism) -- Early works to 1800
Colophon: CAHLA : Gedruckt bey Georg Friedrich Schreibern
Topic: Alchemy
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by Böhme, Jakob, 1575-1624
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"Nach dem Amsterdamer Exemplar"--Referring to the ed. of 1715?
Topics: Mysticism, Christian life
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by Fludd, Robert, 1574-1637; Birkholz, Adam Michael, 1746-1818
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Translator's introd. signed: AdaM Birchwood. X. (i.e Adam Michael Birkholz)
Topic: Rosicrucians
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by Fabre, Pierre-Jean, d. ca. 1650
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Signatures: ã A-M
Topics: Alchemy, Hercules (Roman mythology)
Added engraved t.p. with 7 marginal allegorical images and a port. of the author. It is signed: DF(?)
Topic: Alchemy
Titlepage in red and black, engraved title-vignette, headpieces, tailpiece, initials
Topics: Sulfur, Chemistry
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Vol. 3-4 have publisher: Printed for G. Robinson in Pater-noster Row
Topics: Mysticism, Theology
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by Ulstadius, Philippus; Campesius, Ioan. Anto. (Joannes Antonius). Directorium summae summarum medicinae
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First published Strasbourg (Grüninger), 1525
Topics: Alchemy, Pharmacy, Distillation
The 4 books are followed by: Levini Lemnii medici Zirizaei Paraenesis, sive, Exhortatio ad vitam optimè instituendam ..
Topics: Medicine, Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric, Occultism
Final page blank
Topics: Erastus, Thomas, 1524-1583, Alchemy
Library's copy bound after and shelved with: Fama fraternitatis. Danzig : A. Hünefeldt, 1615 (SPECIAL 1380-915)
Topic: Calvinism
Plate [1] is frontispiece. Plates i-v (folded) are symbolic representations accompanied by verbal explanations. Plate i signed: Fritzsch sculpt. Hamburg
Topic: Alchemy
There apparently were two eds. in 1612, one with 98 p., the other with 103. See Yale
Topic: Alchemy
Part 2 issued in 1660 (Miraculi mundi pars altera ...), pt. 3 in 1658 (Miraculi mundi continuatio ...)
Topics: Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric, Signatures (Medicine), Alchemy, Medicine
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by Basilius Valentinus; Kerckring, Theodor, 1640-1693; Hooghe, Romeyn de, 1645-1708
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Signatures: *¹² A-P¹²
Topics: Medicine, Medieval, Antimony, Alchemy
The prefatory "propositiones" (A2r-B1v) are headed: Expositio librorvm Gebri et Raimundi, ex Tuscanico idiomate traducta ... incerto authore
Topics: Jabir ibn Hayyan, Llull, Ramon, 1232?-1316, Alchemy
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by Schröder, Friedrich Josef Wilhelm, 1773-1778
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"Noch eine ganz kurze Nachschrift" (end of 2. Band) signed: D. Fried. Josef Willh. Schröder
Topic: Alchemy
Hogart, R. Alchemy
Topic: Alchemy
Place and publisher from Hogart
Topics: Jesuits, Rosicrucians
Hogart, R. Alchemy
Topics: Gold, Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric
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by Böhme, Jakob, 1575-1624; Gichtel, Johann Georg, 1638-1710; Walther, Balthasar, 1586-1640
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Each pt. has special t.p., as do the 8 Büchlein comprising pt. IX
Topics: Mysticism, Theology
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by Bernard, of Trevisan; Zacaire, Denis, 1510-1556. Opusculum philosophiae naturalis metallorum; Flamel, Nicolas, d. 1418; Dorn, Gerhard, 16th cent
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Includes also annotations by N. Flamel: p. 117-198
Topic: Alchemy
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by Vaughan, Thomas, 1622-1666
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Eugenius Philalethes is Thomas Vaughan's pseudonym
Topics: Alchemy, Rosicrucians, Magic, Occultism
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Engraved t.p. vignette
Topic: Alchemy
Generally attributed to Micha Sedziwój. Cf. Hogart
Topic: Alchemy
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by Böhme, Jakob, 1575-1624; Gichtel, Johann Georg, 1638-1710; Walther, Balthasar, 1586-1640
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Each pt. has special t.p., as do the 8 Büchlein comprising pt. IX
Topics: Mysticism, Theology
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Printer's device on titlepage
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by Khunrath, Heinrich, 1560-1605; Müller, Heinrich, fl. 1783
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"Wegen seiner überaus grossen Seltenheit nach der dritten im Jahr 1615 zu Magdeburg im Verlag des Verfassers gedruckten Ausgabe aufs neue von den deutschen Sprachfehlern ohne Verletzung des Sinnes gesäubert, und mit einem historischen Vorberichte von seinen sämmtlichen Schriften, nebst dem in Kupfer gestochenen Athanor auf Begehren herausgegeben."
Topic: Alchemy
Plates are allegorical etchings
Topics: Rosicrucians, Occultism
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by Böhme, Jakob, 1575-1624; Gichtel, Johann Georg, 1638-1710; Walther, Balthasar, 1586-1640
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Each pt. has special t.p., as do the 8 Büchlein comprising pt. IX
Topics: Mysticism, Theology
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First published in 1718; cf. Hogart
Topic: Alchemy
T.p. vignette
Topic: Alchemy
T.p. in red and black. The two Tractätlein have special t.p.'s, also in red and black
Topics: Alchemy, genealogy
In 6 parts. Pts. 2-6 have special t.p.'s. Title, pts. 2-3: Furnorum philosophicorum pars altera[-tertia]. Title, pts. 4-5: Fornacum philosophicarum pars quarta[-quinta]. Title, pt. 6: Annotationes in appendicem quintae partis fornacum philosophicarum..
Topics: Distillation, Gold, Metallurgy, Antimony
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Signatures: ãeA-K¹²L
Topic: Alchemy
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by King, William, 1685-1763; Swift, Jonathan, 1667-1745. Answer
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Political and religious satire in the form of allegory
Topics: Anti-Catholicism, Anti-Catholicism in literature
Signatures: A-K4 L6
Topics: Alchemy, Chemistry, Metallurgy, Colors, Engraving
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Vol. 3-4 have publisher: Printed for G. Robinson in Pater-noster Row
Topics: Mysticism, Theology